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Verstappen to start at the back of Russian Grand Prix grid after PU change

Verstappen to start at the back of Russian Grand Prix grid after PU change

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Verstappen to start at the back of Russian Grand Prix grid after PU change

Verstappen to start at the back of Russian Grand Prix grid after PU change

Red Bull has confirmed Max Verstappen will start from the back of the grid at the Russian Grand Prix after taking his fourth new Honda power unit of the season.

Verstappen has had a power unit penalty hanging over him since his 51g crash with Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix in July.

Sergio Perez took a fourth power unit at the Dutch Grand Prix and with a three-place grid penalty already hanging over him from Monza, Red Bull has elected to take its pain with Verstappen this weekend.

Verstappen will start directly behind Charles Leclerc on the grid after the Ferrari driver was also hit with a back of the grid penalty for fitting an upgraded hybrid system this weekend.

The change will not necessarily see Mercedes immediately react with a change of its own in Lewis Hamilton's car despite his recent failure at the Dutch Grand Prix.

In 2019, Alex Albon, driving for Red Bull, absorbed a similar penalty and finished fifth.

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Symanski

Oh, there's a surprise. Meaning the Monza penalty is completely worthless.

Which is another reason why he should be experiencing a race ban for his dangerous driving.

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Oh, there's a surprise. Meaning the Monza penalty is completely worthless.

Which is another reason why he should be experiencing a race ban for his dangerous driving.

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Like the 10 sec penalty for Lewis was worthless at Silverstone.

That penalty gave him 25 point advantage to his rival. Wonder how much advatage Max will get by starting last...

(At least less chance Lewis will bump into him again)

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Again, engine change was only necessary because of Hams oversteer knocked him out. And he only got a useless 10 sec penalty. Race ban works be absolutely exaggerated

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@MrDee

No sympathy, at Silverstone Max could have lifted as Lewis has done at Imola, Barcelona & turn 4 at Monza, had Max lifted he would have at least been 2nd with a chance still to win & no new engine needed.

Max is blindingly fast but fails to see the bigger picture, he expects others to get out of his way, he may be WDC this year "if" he learns when to back out as Lewis has done.

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Hamilton oversteered, there was more space for Ham at the inside. He did the same move with Leclerc later and got the inside very well

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There was much more space available to Max, and Lewis was already backing out.

Remember, Max was doing the swerving that he did to Ricciardo at Baku before. Lewis either had to do inside or mount Max's car. It was that dangerous the swerving Max did.

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No it wasn't the same as in Baku at all, he defended but I'm a clean way, Ham made a smart move and with his good skills he almost passed him, unfortunately his speed was too high, the tires too cold and simply couldn't made it

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